Last year, Watson no doubt got a chuckle out of beating Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Hey, he made the cut and they did not, right?
Watson faded with a 71-75, but it showed what he still can do with a club in his hands. The difference is he has trouble with the combination of age and the general lengthening of courses.
He is slipping a touch on the Champions Tour, where most players begin in their prime on their 50th birthday. He is 30th in the Schwab Cup standings, and hasn't won a tournament since the 2011 Senior PGA Championship.
As for the big tour, Watson probably will play the same three events he played in 2011 and 2012 - the Masters, the British Open and the Greenbrier. He has a lifetime exemption into the Masters and has two years left on his British exemption.
The third-oldest member in the field will be 50-year-old journeyman Neal Lancaster, who splits time between tours. No. 4 is Vijay Singh, who turned 50 in February but seems to be in no hurry to join the Champions Tour. In fact, he was 1 under par midway through the suspended second round of the AT&T National in Bethesda, Md., placing him in a tie for 22nd.
The native of Fiji and World Golf Hall of Fame member plans to come to the Greenbrier for the second year in a row. He fired a first-round 63 last year and before falling to 33rd.
Whether Singh says a peep to anyone, media or not, remains to be seen. He was embroiled in a controversy over his admitted use of deer-antler spray, which was on the Tour's list of banned substances (it has been dropped since). Singh filed suit against the Tour, so that issue isn't dead just yet.
Davis Love III and Jeff Maggert are 49, while Jesper Parnevik, Scott Verplank and Steven Ames are 48.
As for the rest of the field, it appears to be less accomplished than last year's collection, but not by much.
With the resurrected Woods in the fold, the 2012 Classic fielded 14 of the world's top 30 ranked players, 35 of the top 70 and 54 of the top 100.
That may be too much to duplicate for the foreseeable future. Led by Mickelson, this week's field will feature seven of the top 30, 17 of the top 70 and 28 of the top 100, with 37 of the next 100.
By a very unofficial calculation, the tournament will be worth 42 ranking points to the winner. That is below the 48 of last year but well ahead of the 32 given in 2010 and 2011.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.